Bradfield and Cromer in need of a lift after poor starts

A picture that sums up a largely frustrating afternoon for cricketers in Norfolk at the weekend, wit

A picture that sums up a largely frustrating afternoon for cricketers in Norfolk at the weekend, with weather have the final say as Great Witchingham took on Horsford Park at Walcis Park. Picture: TIM FERLEY - Credit: Archant

Bradfield's testing start to the Norfolk Alliance Division One season continued on Saturday when they slipped to their fourth defeat in five matches.

On a day when rain played havoc with the local cricket programme Bradfield got a full game in at Thetford and lost it by nine wickets to remain second from bottom in the table.

The hosts moved up to second as they chased down 172 with a minimum of fuss in the 27th over.

Thetford didn't have things all their own way in the field, with bowlers struggling to find their areas on a pitch that offered very little.

However, James Baulch led the Thetford attack superbly, taking 2-27 in his 10 overs, and he was ably supported by Baulch senior, Craig, who took 1-31 in 10.

Nick Hewetson top scored for Bradfield with 51 while opener Alex Johnson made 37, Alex Robinson 23 and Charlie Harkness 19 not out.

Thetford begun the chase with a fast start, Neil Lockwood (32) and Liam Conroy (50 not out) putting on more than 50 for the first wicket for the third consecutive game. Ryan Conroy (62 not out) completed the convincing win in the 27th over, with skipper Zane Kennedy getting Bradfield's only wicket.

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Bradfield will be aiming to kick-start their campaign when they entertain Swardeston A on Saturday.

Cromer have have made an even more disappointing start in the Premier Division, having lost all four of the games they have played so far.

They now also have two wash-outs to their name after seeing their scheduled trip to North Runcton on Saturday called off without a ball being bowled.

Cromer will be hoping for better luck on Saturday - both with the weather and with bat and ball - when they play host to Fakenham.

The in-form Cromer seconds did manage to play their fixture in Division Five as the worst of the rain steered clear of the Norton Warnes Ground - and it was a real thriller.

Cromer were dismissed for 211 and then bowled visitors Lowestoft A out for 206 to edge home by five runs.

The win kept them two points clear at the top of the table after rivals Denver also claimed their fifth win of the season. It's Horsford B away on Saturday.

Bradfield A had a brief taste of action in Division Six, with visitors Sandringham on 33-1 after 9.2 overs when the rain came. They travel to Thetford A on Saturday.